bimini…

I recently had the privilege of running over to Bimini in the Bahamas with my uncle, aunt and cousins aboard their boat. It’s about a 2 1/2 hour trip from Ft. Lauderdale over, so not bad at all! We even dropped in some lines and caught six mahi (two got away) within about 20 minutes! Seriously good fishing out there for anyone who loves deep sea.

Unfortunately the weather kicked up a bit and we had to return to Florida after only one night, so I didn’t see much of the island, but what I did see definitely makes me want to return sometime!

Here are a few pictures, enjoy!


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once upon a rainy thursday…

We’ve been having such gorgeous weather (“hot,” according to my husband, but I LOVE it!) that I almost don’t mind the rain today. Plus, on the bright side, it’s washing away the yellow film of pollen that has absolutely covered EVERYTHING outdoors.

So, browsing the web it is!

Here are some of the things I can’t get enough of:

{From top to bottom, left to right, images found: Eden Roc (I just LOVE the lobby, it’s such a beautiful mix of vintage and contemporary); J. Crew ; Harbor Beach Resort (I’m going to be here in a week!); Peter Som (Spring-Summer ’09 Collection); BBB Craft Sisters (crafty blogging site)}

back to real life…

We drove the 9/10 hours back to Georgia yesterday. Let me tell you, skipping the after-Thanksgiving Sunday rush home was the best idea Michael ever had! No traffic…until 400…go figure ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, we had a great time…as always. I was born for warm weather and water, which makes South Florida a perfect retreat for me. I miss it already. I can’t wait to go back, but until then, I’ll have to live off the pictures. Here are a few….I’ll post more along with the stories attached soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

lifestyle of the rich and famous…

The Eden Roc was alive with the sparkle of camera flashbulbs last night.

The Rally for Kids with Cancer brought out stars like Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives), John Sally (b-ball player), Bai Ling (don’t really know what she’s famous for, she got stuck standing behind me at one point so that should tell you something…), Eva La Rue (CSI:Miami), Gilles Marini (Dancing with the Stars), Adam Gregory (90210), Jason Kennedy (E! News) and more.ย 

 

Gilles Marini

 

Eva Longoria

Eva La Rue

 

 

 

The hotel was amazing! If you’ve never been to the Eden Roc it’s worth the trip!

In case you don’t know the story, the Eden Roc and Fontainebleu are historically linked as two of Miami’s most luxurious see-and-be-seen places. But they are also known for one of the hospitality industries most heated rivalries throughout the years.

as close as a property line...the eden roc balcony in the foreground and the fontainebleu just beyond...

Designed by the same architect, Morris Lapidus, the hotels were in competition from the very start. They both attracted Hollywood’s brightest stars of the day for their graceful architecture and enviable addresses…not to mention the sun drenched ocean views. Then the Fontainbleu famously erected a “spite” wall between the two uber close buildings on Miami Beach. The wall evidently served its purposed and blocked out the sun on the Eden Roc side. Needless to say, it was ugly.

a rendering of some of the Eden Roc's mainstays back in the day...

Since then the Eden Roc has undergone extensive renovations and is just as gorgeous as it was back in the day…but with a more modern edge.

The atmosphere is expectedly Miami Beach chic. Modern art, sleek lines, exotic flower arrangements and lots of white pull you into the clean serenity of a shrine to the good life.

a peek into the bedroom from the shower and jet-bath room...

But regardless of all the updates, the Eden Roc has somehow still managed to hold onto itsย old-school glamour, recalling the days when women in one-piece swimsuits lounged by the pools and were considered sexy.

a larger than life mural adds atmosphere to the lobby bar area...

Here, vintage and contemporary have blended seamlessly, intertwining old and new, modern and antique. And, in my opinion, the Eden Roc is better for it.

the Eden Roc lobby is an experience in and of itself...

the sunshine state…

is a little cloudy right now…but that’s not stopping me from laying out on the dock as I try to catch a few rays in this 80 degree weather!

How I do miss this when the weather turns cold in Georgia…what can I say, I’m a warm weather type of girl. ๐Ÿ™‚

I got to Florida on Wednesday evening. Can we say, loving it?! Though I do miss Michael (it’s funny how you get used to sharing life with someone), I am coping just fine with my best friends: sun and water. They are two of my favorite things on earth. Cure-alls, I tell you.

Amidst a day of running around with Pam yesterday, we got a call from Greg who needed us to bring the Corvette to the hotel (Eden Roc) for sponsorship detailing. It’s going to be used in a celebrity rally/scavenger hunt/race around Miami this weekend.

Cue the cool music, pull back the hair and slip on the shades, right?

Umm. No. Traveling on 95 at over 60 miles per hour is not cool or sexy. It’s a constant pounding. I don’t think we said much to one another for the entire ride, except maybe: “Wow, this seems to be taking a really long time.(me)” and “I know some people love this, but this is not my idea of fun.(Pam)”

We made it to the Eden Roc valet looking like birds might have taken up residence in our hair. It was a really stylish look for lunch at the hotel’s Cabana oceanside restaurant. Gilles Marini, from Sex in the City movie, Dancing with the Stars and Brothers and Sisters, wandered through at one point looking every bit the movie star, while Pam and I were still pulling knots out of our hair and hoping we didn’t have bugs in our teeth.

Maybe we should put the top up next time…

Now, I’m going to get back to my hard life right now and work on this tan ๐Ÿ™‚